Newmarket-based trainer Marco Botti holds a 43 per cent strike-rate with his runners at Doncaster this year. He sends one runner up the M1 to Town Moor for the evening meeting on Thursday. The South Yorkshire track appears to be a happy hunting ground for the Italian, as the course holds his best figures out of any in the UK in 2021.
The horse who will be attempting to maintain Botti’s great record at the course is Orchestral, who runs in the 8.25pm. He will be partnered by Jefferson Smith who is still in the hunt for his first win on English soil after a successful spell in France. Smith heads to Doncaster for the second time having been runner-up on his only other appearance there.
Orchestral’s bare form does not make for easy reading. However, looking through his debut run at Kempton he was behind the Lingfield Derby Trial winner, Third Realm. The winner of that race was Lord Protector who was far from disgraced at Class 2 level two weeks ago.
Another horse to keep an eye on
Another sole runner on the card at Newmarket that is worth a mention comes is Park Street, running in the 6.20pm. The well-bred New Approach colt runs for John and Thady Gosden in the colours of The Queen. The Gosden’s also have a good record at the course this year, picking up six wins from just twenty starts, a strike-rate of 30 per cent.
Park Street’s dam is a half-sister to an American Grade 1 winner Bandini. Kieran O’Neill will take the ride on the newcomer, having ridden 33 winners for the yard in the last five years.
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